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1/2 Day Blacksmithing Experience

  • Location Bideford
  • Price from £85.00
  • Activity
  • Class
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Historical
  • Learn new skills
  • Adrenaline fix
  • Epic challenge


This course is an exciting half day introduction to blacksmithing, perfect for beginners and those with experience, where you’ll make multiple keepsakes to take home with you.  Try your hand at the anvil, pump the bellows and get the fire roaring as you practice the ancient craft of the blacksmith.

5% Discount when booking for 2 
10% Discount when booking for 4... applied at checkout.

The Forge - We’re not at the pub just yet… 
Upon arrival at 10am, you’ll be met by the instructing smith who’ll give you a tour of the forge, provide tea, coffee, and biscuits and give the safety brief. The next step will be to discuss and decide what you will be making. This could be anything from bottle openers and letter openers to forks and pokers, even jewellery is within your grasp. 

You Twisted Fire Starter
After the plan has been made, it’s time to man the bellows and start the fires. You’ll be taught how to properly maintain and control the raging blaze, enabling you to heat and forge the steel. You’ll gain an understanding of how the bellows function, the teamwork required to keep the forges lit, and how the fire functions as well as the history of blacksmithing and its impact on the world. 

Let the Hammer Fall
The first challenge you’ll embark upon will be to make a bottle opener, one of the most universally useful items there is… because it opens bottles! During this challenge, you’ll be taught the basic practices and techniques of forging, equipping you with the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to forge almost anything. Having completed your very own bottle opener and applying the beeswax finish, you’ll move on to the next project of your choice, continuing to learn and progress. 

Flash! Ahhhhhh!
The final job of the day, when you’re dirty, sweaty, and tired, is to jump in-front of the camera and show off your hard work to the world! Because if you didn’t catch it on camera, it didn’t really happen. However, unlike most experiences, you get to leave with your masterpieces to treasure forever. 

WHAT YOU CAN MAKE • Bottle Opener • Letter Knife • Blacksmiths Knife • Hooks • Key Ring • Small Flower • Toasting Fork • Pokers • Pendants • Hair Pins • Bracelets/Bangles • And many more • Alternatively, bring an idea or a design with you and we’ll do our best to help you make it 

Working at the anvil is physically demanding and comes with some risks; blisters and burns being foremost among them. Please seek advice from your doctor before booking if you are unsure. To minimise the risk of injury please dress accordingly, long sleeves are advised, long trousers and work boots are a must. Please try to avoid synthetic clothing, we recommend cotton-based materials like denim. Open-toed footwear is not allowed in the forge. Leather, safety, work, or hiking boots are strongly advised. And please ensure you can tie long hair back from your face. The forge can be cold in winter despite the fires, therefore please check the weather before setting off and bring warm clothing if necessary.

This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:

  • Charity fundraising
  • Corporates
  • Families
  • Hen / Stag parties
  • School groups
  • Dog Friendly

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    What's included

  • Food Biscuits and cake
  • Drink Tea, coffee and water
  • Equipment All forging equipment and PPE is provided, bar footwear. Please ensue you are wearing sturdy boots.

    What you'll need

  • Warm Clothing The forge can get cold, bring layers to stay warm when away from the fires.
  • Food Lunch and Snacks
  • Drink Water bottle or any other beverage of choice.


Moderate Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 30 days before the activity is scheduled to start.




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